Virginia was one of the oldest of the British colonies in North America, and one of the most dependent, hence supportive of the practice of slavery, both for Africans, and in its parallel of white indentured servants. As such, the following small news item is quite extraordinary, being almost a century before slavery was abolished. It seems to be promoting freedom without actually using the word.
This is from the supplement to the Virginia Gazette, November 1773
“The abolishing of slavery in Bohemia is already attended with such good effects, that it is thought that the kingdom will shortly become the granary of the empire.”
Intriguing, isn’t it?